In the past couple of years, the Indian automotive sector has seen a massive rise in the compact sub 4 meter SUV segment. Almost every automaker has a product from their line-up competing in this segment to claim the title of being the best. As a customer, you too are spoilt for choice depending on what specific budget you have set. So we at Top Gear India have curated a detailed specification comparison between all the compact SUVs on sale in India.

Dimensions

Ford EcoSport  Hyundai Venue  Kia Sonet  Mahindra XUV 300 Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Nissan Magnite  Renault Kiger  Tata Nexon Toyota Urban Cruiser
Length 3998mm 3995mm 3995mm 3995mm 3995mm 3994mm 3991mm 3994mm 3995mm
Width 1765mm 1770mm 1790mm 1821mm 1790mm 1758mm 1750mm 1811mm  1790mm
Height 1647mm 1590mm 1647mm 1617mm 1640mm 1572mm 1600mm 1607mm 1640mm
Wheelbase  2519mm 2500mm 2500mm 2600mm 2500mm 2500mm 2500mm 2498mm 2500mm
Boot Capacity  352 litres 350 litres  392 litres 257 litres 328 litres 336 litres 405 litres 350 litres  328 litres
Fuel Tank Volume  52 litres  40 litres 45 litres 42 litres  48 litres  40 litres 40 litres  44 litres 48 litres 
Wheel Size  16-inch alloys 16-inch alloys 16-inch alloys 17-inch alloys 16-inch alloys 16-inch alloys 16-inch alloys 16-inch alloys 16-inch alloys

As it is visible from the chart above, all the offerings in this segment share a similar dimension, with the Renault Kiger being the smallest in terms of length and width. In terms of length, the Ford EcoSport with its 3998mm is the longest in this class, and the Mahindra XUV 300 seems to be the widest offering with its 1821mm in this segment.

Another aspect where all the vehicles in the segment are similar is the wheelbase offered. Most of the compact SUVs have a 2500mm wheelbase apart from the Tata Nexon, which with its 2498mm wheelbase, is the shortest in this class and on the other spectrum, the Mahindra XUV 300 is the longest with its 2600mm wheelbase.

Petrol Engines

Ford EcoSport  Hyundai Venue  Kia Sonet  Mahindra XUV 300 Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Nissan Magnite  Renault Kiger  Tata Nexon Toyota Urban Cruiser
Cubic Capacity 1497cc 1197cc and 998cc 1197cc and 998cc 1197cc 1462cc 999cc 999cc 1198cc 1462cc
Cylinders 3 cyl 4-cyl & 3-cyl turbo 4-cyl & 3-cyl turbo 3-cyl turbo 4-cyl 3-cyl & 3-cyl turbo 3-cyl & 3-cyl turbo 3-cyl turbo 4-cyl
Power 122bhp 83bhp & 120bhp 83bhp & 120bhp 110bhp 105bhp 72bhp & 100bhp 72bhp & 100bhp 120bhp 105bhp
Torque 149NM 115Nm & 172NM 115Nm & 172NM 200Nm 138Nm 96/160Nm & 152Nm 96/160Nm & 152Nm 149Nm 138Nm
Manual  5-Speed 5-speed/6-speed iMT 5-speed/6-speed iMT 6-speed 5-speed 5-speed  5-speed  5-speed 5-speed
Automatic 6-Speed Torque Converter 7-Speed DCT 7-Speed DCT 6-speed AMT 4-speed torque converter 5-Speed CVT 5-Speed AMT 6-speed AMT 4-speed torque converter

In this segment, customers are spoilt for choice regarding engine options ranging from naturally aspirated 1-litre engines to 1-litre turbocharged engines that go all the way to a 1.5-litre petrol engine. On the one hand, you have the Kiger and Magnite, which in their naturally aspirated guise offer only 72 bhp. In contrast, on the other end, you have the 1.5-litre naturally aspirated 3-cylinder engine in the Ford EcoSport, producing 122bhp.

Even in terms of gearbox options, customers can opt for a 5-speed manual that most models in this segment offer apart from the XUV 300 and Nexon, which offer a 6-speed manual instead, while the Venue and Sonet offer the smart 6-speed iMT clutchless manual gearboxes. Suppose you are looking to buy an automatic. In that case, you have a range of options such as the 5-speed CVT gearbox offered in the Kiger and Magnite, the Nexon and XUV300 offer an AMT unit, the Venue and Sonet are available with DCT autos. At the same time, the Vitara Brezza, Urban Cruiser and EcoSport all are mated to a torque converter gearbox.

Prices

Ford EcoSport  Hyundai Venue  Kia Sonet  Mahindra XUV 300 Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Nissan Magnite  Renault Kiger  Tata Nexon Toyota Urban Cruiser
Prices (ex-showroom India) ₹7.99 to ₹11.19 lakh ₹6.87 to ₹11.49 lakh  ₹6.71 to ₹12.89 lakh  ₹7.95 to 11.76 lakh ₹7.39 to ₹11.20 lakh  ₹5.49 to ₹9.45 lakh ₹5.45 to ₹9.55 lakh ₹7.10 to ₹11.30 lakh ₹8.50 to ₹11.35 lakh

Now the price is something that would be the most crucial aspect to look at before any buyer’s next purchase. The Compact SUV segment is really segregated in terms of price. At one end, you have the Renault Kiger and Nissan Magnite being the cheapest offering in this segment, while the Kia Sonet is the most expensive towards the top end of the chart, followed by the Mahindra XUV 300.